Bridges to New Business: The Economic Decolonization of Indonesia

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By J. Thomas Lindblad

This monograph is the first comprehensive account of the decolonization of the Indonesian economy, a process with a different momentum and timing from the achievement of political independence. It traces the origins of economic decolonization to the late-colonial period, covers developments during the Japanese Occupation and the Indonesian Revolution as well as continued operations by Dutch enterprises in Indonesia during the 1950s. The book is based on research in a wide variety of primary sources. Themes discussed include economic policies, the changing position of Indonesian personnel inside Dutch-owned firms as well as the emergence of new Indonesian entrepreneurship.

"Dr. Lindblad's latest book offers the first comprehensive and thoroughly researched account of Indonesia's difficult and protracted economic decolonisation process, roughly spanning the first six decades of the 20th century...I highly recommend this book to readers interested in this crucial period of Indonesia's modern economic history." - Thee Kian Wie

"Bridges to New Business adds a whole new dimension to the ltierature on economic decolonization in Indonesia...Lindblad has made a brave and groundbreaking attempt to start what will, I hope, become a modern tradition in modern scholarship on Indonesian economic history. In this sense, the book does a great service not only to the series of which it is so aptly a part ("Indonesia across Orders"), but also to the field of Indonesian economic history. Because significant portions of the approach and analysis can be generalized to other contexts, this book should be of interest not only to scholars of the economics and ecnomic history of Indonesia, but also more broadly to scholars of history and political science." - 
Siddharth Chandra

J. Thomas Lindblad is Associate Professor in economic history at the Research Institute for History, University of Leiden, the Netherlands.

Publication Year: 2007
266 pages, 229mm x 153mm
ISBN: 978-9971-69-477-7, Paperback

NUS Press